As part of Pivot’s Eyes Wide Open digital and media literacy initiative, the National Association for Media Literacy Education has teamed up with the network to ensure that This Is Media is seen throughout classrooms nationwide to spark conversation about media, credibility, and privacy in a digital age.

This is Media is a fresh look at our role in today’s media landscape as consumers and makers. Including compelling interviews with digital pioneers, this documentary reveals the balancing act between being connected, responsible, and private.

NAMLE and Pivot are providing educators with free DVD copies of the television special as well as an accompanying classroom discussion guide that offers several ways to engage learners in asking critical questions about their own media worlds,

Request a free DVD copy of This Is Media for your classroom here. For more interactive resources and to take action on the issues explored in the television special, visit www.takepart.com/eyes-wide-open.And to learn more, feel free to contact a NAMLE representative with any questions you have about the video or preparing a screening with your faculty, colleagues, and students: thisismedia@namle.net.

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Charlene Blohm Recognized as Leading Education Trendsetter

CB&A President Wins EdTech Digest’s Annual Leadership Award

EdTech Digest Trendsetter award

MADISON, Wis. (March 25, 2015) — In advance of Autism Awareness Month in April, Charlene Blohm, founder and president of C. Blohm & Associates, Inc. (CB&A), has been recognized for her dedication to serving the special needs industry. Blohm recently earned the 2015 Trendsetter Award from EdTech Digest, an acclaimed online education publication that annually recognizes bold leaders who work to advance the education technology landscape.

“We are proud to shine a spotlight on the best and brightest people around education,” said EdTech Digest Editor-in-Chief Victor Rivero. “The winners are pushing forward today’s education revolution. They are reshaping the education culture, and creating a new and better future for our students.”

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CB&A has specialized in raising the visibility of clients in the education industry since 1991. This year, CB&A is celebrating the second anniversary of its Special Needs Division, the first of its kind in public relations. While promoting innovations and solutions designed for people with special needs, Blohm and her team of communications professionals also devote resources to spreading acceptance.

The agency frequently aligns campaigns with initiatives such as World Autism Awareness Day. CB&A is encouraging people to wear blue on April 2 in commemoration of Autism Speaks’ annual “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Other organizations CB&A supports include “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart’s “Night of Too Many Stars,” which is raising funds for autism schools, services and programs nationwide.

CB&A also hosts Special Education Innovation Receptions, bringing together top industry innovators and previewing the latest products advancing special education. Recently, Blohm shared her expertise on education and special needs through a press tour involving the National Press Club, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Department of Education and CNN.

“Everyone deserves the chance to feel at ease and thrive in learning environments,” said Blohm. “That core belief inspires what we do at CB&A. I share this honor with our team and clients, who are providing opportunities for all students to fulfill their potential.”

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